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Re: Donning Of Capes in Worship
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2020, 10:19:00 pm »
Cotton would work!

So...what still stresses me out about fabric is...cotton is a kind of fibre (from a plant, as wool is from a sheep), but we use the word "cotton" more generically to mean, like, a cotton shirt. But any fibre can be woven in different patterns, at different thicknesses, and with different finishes, and I'm still struggling to get my head round that terminology.

You can make a cloak out of any fabric easily. If you're interested in, say, dramatic folds, or swoosh, or being caught by the wind - some fabrics will provide these properties better than others. You could make a cloak out of tablecloth-cotton, but my instinct is to try and find cotton-fibre woven into a thicker textile than that, because everyday-cotton...is very thin. Though I suppose it's warm in Mexico.

When people talk about cotton, nowadays they actually mean poly-cotton - a blend of cotton fibre and acrylic/plastic fibre. This is a lot cheaper, and doesn't crease. Real cotton *creases* like yr the kind of aristocrat who has a valet who does all his ironing for him: 100% cotton continues to be used in luxury garments because part of the luxury is the effort of someone else making it look nice. So would you want 100% cotton, or would a blend be ok? Lots of fabric goes into a cloak, and 100% natural textiles are surprisingly expensive.

Find me some photos! And also, if I drop off the radar, come and poke me at my Dreamwidth or @ me on the Discord, as I tend to be on those more often (& I've a history of forgetting things I offered to do).

Cloaks are fairly simple, so the main measurement would be the back of your neck to the height above the floor where you want the cloak to stop (waist? ankle?). You can basically work out the rest from there, so long as you're not too fernickity.

If you are fernickity? You need to get a friend to measure nape-of-neck-to-floor, and front-neck-point-between-collar-bones-to-floor, so we can compare the measurements between them.

Most people nowadays have a longer back than their front, because of slouching and computing. So if you imagine a rectangle of fabric on a longer back and a shorter front, you'll see the cloak hem is no longer parallel to the floor - it'll be higher at the back and lower at the front. It doesn't matter a huge amount, unless you are a perfectionist (most people won't notice); or if you have a very dramatic back curve. When you make cloaks or skirts, you normally want to fold up the hem with them standing there, so you can judge by eye that it's parallel.

The other thing is, as I'm writing this, I'm imagining a European-style cloak: it's possible that for something Aztec, the dimensions in play would be very different.

*flexes my tailor-in-training muscles*

Excellent! I'll PM you the details as so not to derail the thread. Looking forward to working with you.

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